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Augusto Barros
Research VP
3 years at Gartner
21 years IT Industry

Augusto Barros is Research VP in the Gartner for Technical Professionals (GTP) Security and Risk Management group. Read Full Bio

BAS and Red Teams Will Kill The Pentest

by Augusto Barros  |  February 14, 2018

With our research on testing security methods and Breach and Attack Simulation tools (BAS), we ended up with an interesting discussion about the role of the pentest. I think we can risk saying that pentesting, as it is today, will cease to exist (I’ll avoid the trap to say “pentesting is dead”, ok? :-)). Let […]

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The “working with an MSSP” Tome Is Here

by Augusto Barros  |  January 30, 2018

As Anton just posted, the new version of the famous “How to Work With an MSSP to Improve Security” has just been published. I’m very happy to become a co-author (together with Anton and Mike Wonham) on this document, as it is usually one of our documents that I most frequently refer to clients during […]

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Security Monitoring Use Cases, the UPDATE!

by Augusto Barros  |  January 17, 2018

Posting about updated documents is often boring, but this time I’m talking about my favorite Gartner document, as usual, co-authored with Anton: “How to Develop and Maintain Security Monitoring Use Cases”! This document described an approach to identity, prioritize, implement and manage security monitoring use cases. Of course, it has a lot on SIEM, as it’s […]

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Automation – Why Only Now?

by Augusto Barros  |  January 12, 2018

As we ramp up our research on SOAR and start looking at some interesting tools for automated security testing, something crossed my mind: Why are we only seeing security operations automation and security testing automation technologies come to market now? I mean, automating workflows is not new technology, so why are these specific workflows only […]

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Threat Simulation – How real does it have to be?

by Augusto Barros  |  January 9, 2018

We are starting our research on “Testing Security”. So far we’ve been working with a fairly broad scope, as Anton’s post on the topic explained. One of the things we are looking at is the group of tools that has been called “breach and attack simulation tools”. Tools that automate exploitation have been around for […]

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Threat Detection Is A Multi-Stage Process

by Augusto Barros  |  December 4, 2017

We are currently working on our SOAR research, as Anton has extensively blogged about. SOAR tools have been used to help organizations  triage and respond to the deluge of alerts coming from tools such as SIEM and UEBA. Although this is sometimes seen as the earlier stages of incident response, I’ve been increasingly seeing it […]

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Machine Learning or AI?

by Augusto Barros  |  November 28, 2017

We may sound pedantic when pointing we should be talking about Machine Learning, and not AI, for security threat detection use cases. But there is a strong reason why: to deflate the hype around it. Let me quickly mention a real world situation where the indiscriminate use of those terms caused confusion and frustration: One […]

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Our SIEM Assessment paper update is out!

by Augusto Barros  |  October 15, 2017

The results of our “summer of SIEM” are starting to come up; our assessment document on SIEM (basically, a “what” and “why” paper, that sits besides our big “how” doc on the same topic) has been updated. It has some quite cool new stuff aligned to some of our most recent research on security analytics, UEBA, […]

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Speaking at the Gartner Security Summit Dubai

by Augusto Barros  |  October 15, 2017

I have a few sessions at the Gartner Security and Risk Management Summit in Dubai, October 16th and 17th. This is the wrap up of the Security Summit season for me; I’ll be presenting some content that I already presented in DC and in São Paulo, earlier this year. I also have a session on […]

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SOAR research is coming!

by Augusto Barros  |  September 13, 2017

As Anton anticipated on this post, we’ll be writing about SOAR – Security Orchestration, Automation and Response – tools. Of course many people, seeing this coming from Gartner, will think: “oh great, here are those guys creating new fancy acronyms for silly markets with a bunch of VC powered startups”. Yes, I agree that usually […]

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